Chimney Rock / Washington Valley park

Somerville, New Jersey 08876, Somerset County,

2019 closing dates for Deer Management Program - THE PARK IS CLOSED all day on these dates.

  • January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • February 6, 13

Updated: 2018-11-05 21:46:46 Short URL: gonj.me/454ek0

Washington Valley Park (also known as Chimney Rock) is 686 acres of undeveloped wooded areas includes mountain biking and hiking trails and a hawk watching area.

The western portion of the park is located on the first ridge of the Watchung Mountains between Vosseller Ave. and Newmans Lane, on both sides of Chimney Rock Road and is the second largest park in the Somerset Co. Park System. It includes the Chimney Rock Hawk Watch, a platform a short walk from a parking area towards the end of Miller Ln. A team has been counting hawks here since 1990 and typically spot from 10 - 20,000 hawks, falcons and eagles in a season. The migration season runs from Sept. through Nov. with the greatest number of birds in the middle of Sept.

There are many miles of mountain bike and hiking trils in the park accessible from Newmans Ln. Gilbride Rd. and Miller Ln. MiddleBrook Trail runs thru the park.


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Trail & Path Info

The trails throughout the park range from rocky and somewhat steep to flat and soft dirt.


Categories

Activities:
  • Equestrian / Horseback
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Walking
  • Skiing / Snowboarding
Trails:
  • Flat / Easy
  • Some are challenging
  • Rugged / Rocky
  • Surface Type: Dirt
  • Walking Paths
Parks & Gardens:
  • County Parks
  • Park (General)

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